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Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

If you have taken: Pepto bismol or are on iron pills for anemia, this may be the cause of the black stools. If neither, should discuss with your OB promptly. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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Is black loose stools during pregnancy first trimester normal?

Is black loose stools during pregnancy first trimester normal?

If on IRON: The iron in the prenatal vitamin, or if you are even on a supplemental Iron pill can cause the stool to be black. Call your GYN to assure you are on an iron supplement. If so, most likely fine, but at next visit, you could always have your stool checked for heme to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I m a female and i got green and black stool so whats it mean?I have a early pregnancy and have some medicine

I m a female and i got green and black stool so whats it mean?I have a early pregnancy and have some medicine

Color of stool: The color of your stool is a reflection of your diet. What you eat is digested and the waste products are left over as stool. If you feel something is abnormal then a gastroenterologist can investigate. ...Read more

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What could cause black stools during the menstrual cycle?

What could cause black stools during the menstrual cycle?

Bleeding ulcer: Anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen or naproxen, which are commonly taken for cramps, can cause the lining of the stomach and small intestine to wear down and an ulcer to form. The ulcer can ooze blood, which turns the stool black like tar. Also, pepto bismol or iron supplements are common causes. In any case, get it evaluated before any more blood might be lost! ...Read more

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I have ablack stool during 2 month after birth my baby I have natural delivary is black stool is bad or not? What is reason

I have ablack stool during 2 month after birth my baby I have natural delivary is black stool is bad or not? What is reason

Probably not: Most of the time black stool is not of concern. Lots of things can make stool black - iron pills, pepto bismal, etc. So unless it continues, don't worry. However, bleeding from the upper intestinal track - ulcers, polyps, inflammation does turn stool black. So, if it continues and you are not on iron post-delivery, do see a doctor. Tests can easily determine if you have a problem. Peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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Black stools during the menstrual cycle--from uterus or bowel?

Black stools during the menstrual cycle--from uterus or bowel?

Bowel: Black stools can be caused by dietary changes, supplements or bleeding in the bowel. If this happens every month, you should get it checked out. It could be related to endometriosis but you need to rule out bowel problems like colitis, polyps or even cancer. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about black stools?

How much should I worry about black stools?

Check for bleeding: If your stools are black, tarry (sticky) and have a bad odor - this could be gastrointestinal bleeding and should be checked out promptly. As stated in a previous answer, some medications can cause black stools. It is simple to test the stool to determine if it contains blood. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Melena (Definition)

Melena is also known as Black stool. Melina is blood in the stool that is black, tarry, sticky, and smelly. The blood in melena comes from high up in the gastrointestinal tract, and gets partially digested which is why it changes to melena. Bright red blood comes from lower ...Read more


Stool Is Black (Definition)

Stool is black is also known as Black stool. Stool is black is a symptom in which there is black, reddish-black, or very dark coloring to stools. Black stools can be due to old blood in the stools ...Read more